Tag Archives: Museum of Appalachia

A new home for the cabin of Mark Twain’s parents

“I had heard that Mark Twain’s father and mother, John Clemens and his wife, had lived near the internationally famous Sgt. Alvin C. York, in the Pall Mall community of the Tennessee mountain county of Fentress,” says John Rice Irwin, founder of the Museum of Appalachia. “It is a matter of factual history that John […]

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Diana Jones’ Road to the Museum of Appalachia

It was a homecoming in many ways. I was back in the Smoky Mountains, where I had found my birth family and discovered why old-time country music had resonated in me so deeply since I first heard it. I was recording the songs that came to me through knowing my grandfather in a place and in a way that made perfect sense to the tradition and the sound. The only thing missing was his physical presence, otherwise I knew he was there in spirit, tapping his knee and singing along.

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America’s Roadside Evangelist

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove two lane roads at leisurely speeds, Burma Shave signs were posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. Five small red signs with white letters, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet……and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving […]

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The Presidents, the Magnolia Trees, and the Museum

Please welcome guest author Carol Ostrom, Resources Director at the Museum of Appalachia. At the Museum of Appalachia, visitors enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of springtime as it was once known in Old Appalachia—purple martins nesting in gourd houses, the earthy smell of freshly turned gardens, the bleating of young lambs and goats (kids) […]

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